ON THIS DATE (46 YEARS AGO)
May 6, 1966 – The Rolling Stones: “Paint It, Black” b/w “Stupid Girl” (London 45-901) 45 single is released in the US.
“Paint It, Black” is a song released by The Rolling Stones on 13 May 1966 as the first single from the US version of their fourth album Aftermath. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Mick Jagger wrote the words and Keith Richards wrote the music. It was originally titled “Paint It Black” without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca.
The single reached number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom charts in 1966. In 2004 it was ranked number 174 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In the US and UK, it was the first number one single to feature a sitar on the recording.